‘Ruby Gilman’ director shoots ‘Mean Girls’ at sea with his Regina George-esque mermaid

Ruby Gilman, The Teenage Siren It is a mythical growth story by DreamWorks Animation.Guided by the Academy Award nominee Kirk DeMico (The Croods) and co-director Farin Pearlthe story of young Ruby Gilman (Lana Condor) subverted the legend of the siren and the mermaid.



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It takes a village to create the scale of “visual splendor” displayed in a whimsical world Ruby Gilman. In a one-on-one chat, DeMico told Collider’s Perry Nemirov About his work with DreamWorks Animation Pierre Olivier Vincentproduction designer ruby. Vincent was responsible for developing a striking, colorful seaside and underwater kingdom set as exciting as the fabled Siren. DeMico also shares the qualities of Pearl, who began her journey as story lead, to be the perfect co-director to bring Ruby’s story from book to screen.

Watch the video above or read the full transcript below to learn how DeMico and his “Multiple Imaginations” team finally found the hearts and stories of original characters like Chelsea (anne murphy), the popular girl at Oceanside High with a sinister secret, and Ruby’s parents, Agatha (Toni Collette) and Arthur (Coleman Domingo), and her Kraken Queen Granny, by jane fonda.

Lana Condor as Ruby Gillman and Jaboukie Young-White as Connor in
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PERRI NEMIROFF: Since you are currently working with several major animation studios, what do you think are the common qualities they have that allow you to deliver your best work, but I also want something that is specific to DreamWorks, you Can be very grateful?

Kirk DeMicco: We just went to the Annecy Film Festival, which is an animation festival in France, and it was an incredible experience to see the number of students studying animation from all over the world. There’s so much talent, so much energy, so much imagination in any studio around the world right now, and these young voices are bringing these young voices to animation, and it’s really exciting. So, I think everyone is sharing that. We are all sharing the love people have for animation and the benefits that come from a good education for students.

But for DreamWorks, one of the things that I found really wonderful in making this movie was our design department, Pierre-Olivier Vincent, our production designer, he did all the work how to train your dragon (The film), the way DreamWorks renders and distorts believability and builds the world and the effects, I think it really is — the team I worked with was Pierre-Olivier Vincent ), Carlos Puertolas. This ability can change the believability and also provide a level of complexity, but at the same time it is very attractive.

That makes this movie suitable for my four year old niece, and for me too!

Speaking of how many talents are there in the animation industry now, I would like to ask you about whether to choose co-director, because you have already done both jobs. What showed you that a story or production needed a co-director, and finally, why was Fallin (Pearl) the perfect choice for the role?

DEMICCO: I was lucky because when I started watching the movie, Faryn was already the protagonist of the story. I guess I’m a born writer/professional and she’s a story artist, so she brings a whole different set of tools to help us decipher the story. Along with my producer Carrie Cooney, it makes perfect sense to promote her to co-director because she has a real connection with Ruby, number one and this is the most important, emotionally with your character Connected, but also an incredible sense of humor. When you try to solve certain problems, people who come up through the story see certain things differently because our time is just solving problems, especially with original films. Original movies are great because the world is wide open, but it’s also difficult because everything is wide open, so there are so many paths you can go, and you want to try them. We all want to try everything because we are all creative, but we have to make choices. So it’s nice to have people complimenting you, and also, in this movie, there’s a female director who can bring, that’s the story we’re telling, and bring her experience to the movie.

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I had a perfect follow-up to this because I love quoting her about you in our production notes. She talks about your directing style being “open, collaborative yet declarative”. When tough decisions had to be made, he knew exactly what to do. ” Can you give an example of one of those tough decisions and how you overcame that challenge and executed the decision you made?

DeMico: Wow, that’s great. Thank you, Farin. One thing that I’m always trying to understand is that a film’s multiple imaginations give it broader appeal. There are always better ideas. You can always beat the idea, but sometimes we need to do that, for a longer arc of a movie or a longer sequence, what happens you have to say, “That would be really cool, but this would send the part too far .” Really just keeps the spine intact and lets the artist iterate and improve. It’s an improvisation, but if we get into a scene one way, we have to get out the other way. What happens in between is where all the magic happens and where the fun happens. Yes, I think that’s it. It’s working hard to keep the spine.

What do you think is the biggest difference in the story and the first day of your first signing on the outcome of the film compared to what we see now in the final film?

DEMICCO: Oh, I honestly can’t imagine, I don’t even know if they could imagine how visually gorgeous the water treatment and underwater world would be. There’s a lot to their story because she’s the siren, and the siren usually ends the story. In every mythology we’ve read, they’re the most powerful beings on Earth, so we have to keep upping the challenge on Ruby over the course of the movie and throughout the second act, when we’re like, “Okay Well, she’ll just get this. It’s hiding behind a wall.” “Well, that doesn’t do anything. She’s a siren.” So building these challenges required all the departments coming together and really working in one room to try to Figuring out what we could do on the production side, but what was best for the story was the most challenging for us to lead.

Did you dye your mermaid hair red on purpose?

DeMico: (Laughs) Well, I think that kind of story works a lot in the movie’s teen comedy, which is New Girl, mean girl The “Regina George” in the sea must be the girl. And the effect is too fast, when she turns her head, she is the new girl in, and this is the one who is the most popular in an instant?

I mean, it just happens to line up with other things. I am amused by this. (laugh)

Lana Condor as Ruby Gilman in
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I wanted to ask you another quote from Farin, since she also said you have “a wealth of knowledge and references” on film. So now I absolutely have to know, which movie do you know from cover to cover, the one you cite the most?

DeMico: Oh, Wow.You know, I can do it – I probably won’t – but when I start Cruz At Dreamworks, I wrote with John Cleese, so I could do a lot of things Monty PythonI wouldn’t do it now, but I’ve written two scripts with John, and I can do a lot Monty Python.

Can I get your favorite line?

DeMico: Oh, I didn’t even know! I’m not even sure if it’s a PC. I must be careful.

Collider has old viewers! (laugh)

DEMICCO: Well, then I can do some French taunting. I do accents. (laughs) No, I’ll leave that to — they also have access to the internet so they can look up the best clips.

(laughs) Well, fair enough, fair enough.

So we were talking earlier about my niece, who is now discovering movies for the first time, and thinks she can watch anything now, and she can look back and say to herself, “That was the first time I was completely taken by the magic of movies. Surrounded so much that it makes me believe that things in this world are actually real,” that’s a very special thing. What was this movie to you when you first really realized the magic of cinema and the power of storytelling on the big screen?

DeMico: I am star wars child and a ET child.I’m in the area where it used to be, I think ET Probably the most surprising, because we don’t know much about the movie that walks in, you know? We were kids, we walked in, we saw a movie, I think because I liked a girl in my class, or something, and we went, and I remember being so moved by that story.then in star wars, I think that’s the fact that I played in my head after I played, you know? This is what really attracted me. It took me so long to make the experience last.

Ruby Gilman, The Teenage Siren Make a splash in theaters June 30. Check out Perry’s interview with Anne Murphy below to see which aspect of the suspiciously redheaded mermaid is so natural to her!

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